Robert L. Hall received a B.A. degree from Harvard University in 1969 with a concentration in modern African history, an M.A. in history from the Florida State University in 1972, and a Ph.D. in history and the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in Urban Minority Problems from the same institution in 1984. His articles have been published in such journals as the Florida Historical Quarterly, the Griot, the Western Journal of Black Studies, the Independent Schools Bulletin, the Maryland Historical Magazine, Sociological Inquiry, and the Southern Quarterly. His original essays have appeared in several anthologies including Joseph E. Holloway’s Africanisms in American Culture (Indiana University Press, 1990 and 2005) John B. Boles’s Masters and Slaves in the House of the Lord: Religion and Race in the South (University Press of Kentucky, 1988), Donald M. Jacobs’s Courage and Conscience:Black and White Abolitionists in Boston (Indiana University Press, 1993), Seeds of Change: Five Hundred Years After Columbus edited by Herman J. Viola and Carolyn Margolis (Smithsonian Institution Press, 1991), and Anne Bower’s African American Foodways: Explorations in History and Culture (University of Illinois Press, 2007). He is also the author of Do, Lord, Remember Me: Religion and the Forging of African American Culture in Florida (under contract with the University of Florida Press) and editor or co-editor of three books including Holding on to the Land and the Lord: Religion, Land Tenure, and Social Policy in the Rural South [with Carol B. Stack] (University of Georgia Press, 1982) and Making a Living:The Work Experience of African Americans in New England (New England Foundation for the Humanities, 1995).
Awards and Honors
- Postdoctoral fellowships from the Smithsonian Institution and the American Council of Learned Societies.